NFL Rumors: Five Possible Releases at the Running Back Position
NFL teams are always looking for talent in the backfield. The two running back system is something that has gained a lot of steam over the last couple of years. It is more valuable when one back has a better talent than the other, IE receiving. With the new league year starting in five weeks, March 14, it is time to start looking at some running backs who could be available. Here are five RBs that are currently rostered that may be looking for work in the coming weeks.
- Chris Ivory – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars paid a pretty penny for Ivory during the 2016 offseason. At the time he was the seventh highest paid player in the NFL. However, he never really caught on in Jacksonville. Now with the emergence of Leonard Fournette, Ivory becomes expendable. If the Jags release Ivory with a post-June 1 designation, they will save nearly $6 million on their salary cap.
- Mike Gillislee – New England Patriots
Many believed that Gillislee would be a breakout player for the Patriots. Nonetheless, after week two he was pretty much nonexistent in the stat sheet. In fact, he often found himself on the inactive list throughout the NFL Season. The running back is not a strong piece of the Patriots offense. The ones they have will suffice. Gillislee could take his services elsewhere. His release will save the Pats a little over $2 million.
- Charcandrick West – Kansas City Chiefs
West was expected to have a big role after Spencer Ware went down with a knee injury. That was before Kareem Hunt exploded on the scene in week one. Now with the expected return of Ware, along with Hunt, the Chiefs can cut ties with West. The move would save the Chiefs about $1.7 million.
- DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans
Murray suffered an injury towards the end of the season. Throughout the final weeks and playoffs, Derrick Henry emerged as a favorite with the Titans. Furthermore, after the season ended in New England talk began that Henry would become the bell-cow and Murray would be expendable. He still has some gas left in the tank and could be an asset to another team. Additionally, Tennessee would recoup $6.5 million in cap space with Murray’s release.
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has fallen out of the graces with head coach Dirk Koetter and the Bucs organization. Once seen as the franchise back, Martin is now possibly the best RB available in the NFL. He could eventually make some team happy again. Thus, by moving on from Martin the Buccaneers will save $6.7 million towards their cap.
Hence, one of these five could help a team at the running back position. So, if any team does their homework and makes a move on one of these players, they could have a successful 2018 NFL Season.
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